Lightroom Presets and Wynwood Walls

I love Lightroom, and I love the presets that you can use with Lightroom. The program already comes with a ton installed, but there are so many out in the internet that you can download. (My favorites are the free ones).

In the Develop Module you can run your cursor over the different presets you have loaded and it will show a preview of what the picture will look like if you have the Navigator tab open.

I’ll show you the difference two of my fave presets on a picture I took of my daughter at the Wynwood Walls in Miami.

The first preset is an HDR look by Matt Kloskowski.

Teen walks by one of the graffiti walls in the Wynwood Walls neighborhood of Miami. Not So SAHM

Walking in Wynwood – ProjectEdit365 – 28 Oct

I found it back in the day on his Lightroom Killer Tips blog, but it looks like it’s no longer available. To replicate the HDR look quickly you can increase your contrast a lot, your clarity a little, and lighten your shadows. I *know* it’s more detailed than that and you can google it if you want to get a technical play by play on creating it. HDR really brings out a lot of depth and dimension.

The second preset is Velvet Butter by the Coffeeshop Blog (I love her stuff!). You can still download this so I’m not going to attempt to explain how to replicate it (because I haven’t figured it out).


I love the grittiness of the first picture, especially since it’s urban and it’s graffiti, and she looks like she may be full of angst. But I also love the second picture because it’s bright and cheerful, and that matches the sentiment of the colors on the wall.

Which one do you prefer? Oh, here’s the original for comparison (darkish and flat):


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Next to the Centre Georges Pompidou is La Fontaine Stravinsky, celebrating the Rite of Spring. Next to the fountain is a wall mural of who I thought was Salvador Dali, but after researching I found out it is the artist’s Jef Aerosol’s self portrait and its name is “Chuuuttt!” (shhhhh!)

And next to all this modern architecture and art sits L’Eglise Saint-Merri. Get this – the first church built on that site was built in 800s AD. THIS structure was built in the 1500s and was altered in the 1700s.

Talk about juxtaposition of old and new!

A 1500s church sits next to 20th and 21st century art and architecture at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. Not So SAHM

Juxtaposition – ProjectEdit365 – 15 Aug

The original was dull and flat. I started out by increasing the vibrance, contrast, and clarity and lightening the shadows. Then I decided to try the HDR filter to see how it affected the church. I liked it. I took away the vignetting that the preset added and decreased the blacks a little. I made the whole photo a little bit warmer then I added an adjustment brush on the church windows to increase their clarity a touch. Here’s the original:


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